Cars lined the roadsides for the latest edition of the Edward Jones Point Series "UAF Sprints" on July 12 (though it's possible some of those folks came out for the free bluegrass concert at the botanical gardens, also at 7pm). Riders sprinted solo along West Tanana Drive, downhill and into the wind, trying to max out the radar speed sign, before pairing off for head-to-head sprints going the other way over a roughly 150-meter course.
In the Women's class, Alisabeth Thurston-Hicks edged Ariana Graf in the race against the radar, 23-22 mph. Alisabeth went on to win the sprint duel, three out of three heats.
Dashiell Feierabend and Chris Wyatt each reached 27 mph in the Expert class prelims. In the finals, both bravely overcame trouble clipping in, and
Dash outsprinted Chris 2-0.
In the Sport/Masters class, longtime race volunteer-in-training and first-time racer Eli Wyatt scorched the radar to the tune of 17 mph, and won the sprint finals by default. Eli was also 2-for-2 in getting the train whistle to blow, which is even louder than you imagine at 10-meters. No additional points were awarded for the train whistles.
DASHIELL FEIERABEND....70 pts
CHRIS WYATT - DIRECTOR......60
ALINA WYATT - JUDGE.........30